Round-up: Chinese club deny Costa talks

first_imgChinese club Tianjin Quanjian have again denied holding talks with Diego Costa over a move for the Chelsea striker.Costa, who has two years remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge, has been linked with a big-money transfer to China.Earlier this month, Tianjin issued a statement denying that they were in discussions to sign the 28-year-old.And they have done so again, insisting that no talks have taken place.A statement on their website said: “During the past six months the club has not communicated with Diego Costa or his agent regarding his transfer to Tianjin Quanjian.”Costa has been tipped to move to Tianjin for as much as £76m amid continued speculation over his future.But the club’s statement added: “We have no intention of becoming involved in any unhealthy competition and, consequently, paying a premium price.” Cuadrado deal confirmedEmbed from Getty Images Chelsea have confirmed they have agreed a deal for Juan Cuadrado to join Juventus on a permanent deal.He has spent the last two seasons on loan at Juve, who announced on Monday that he has signed a four-year contract and that they will pay Chelsea €20m (around £17.3) in three annual instalments. QPR snub Bowler offerEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR have rejected an offer from Everton for teenage winger Josh Bowler.Everton proposed a deal potentially worth up to £3m for the 18-year-old, who made his senior debut against Norwich City in Rangers’ final match of the season.Bowler has been with QPR since being released by Fulham four years ago.A number of Premier League clubs have been monitoring him in recent months.He signed an 18-month professional deal earlier this year so is under contract at Loftus Road until 2018. Colin rejects contract offerEmbed from Getty ImagesBrentford right-back Maxime Colin has rejected a new contract offer and says his future beyond this summer looks uncertain.The Bees have signed a new right-back in Henrik Dalsgaard and Colin, 25, admits he does not know what the club’s intentions are for him.He said: “I knew one month or so ago that they were looking for a new right-back.“I can’t say the reason they signed him. The question is for the directors of football. They wanted a new right-back.“I can’t say that if they bring in a right-back it’s because they want me to leave or they expect me to leave. I don’t know.“We were talking about a new contract but I haven’t signed anything yet. They offered me something but I didn’t accept. We are still talking but not much at the moment.“I am sure we will talk more when I come back. We will see what happens then, now we have three right-backs with Josh Clarke, the new one and myself.“I still have two years remaining on my contract so it’s not like I am free in the summer. We will see what will happen in this market.“The gaffer is happy with me, how I play and I feel really good at Brentford. I’m happy here.” Bees confirm Dalsgaard’s arrivalEmbed from Getty ImagesBrentford have confirmed the signing of right-back Henrik Dalsgaard from Zulte Waregem.The Bees will pay around £930,000 for the Denmark international, who has signed a three-year contract at Griffin Park.“Henrik is a player that we have been looking at for some time and someone we believe can improve the squad,” boss Dean Smith told the club’s website.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper head list of six ex-Raiders in postseason

first_imgSix players who were with the Raiders last season and are in position to earn Super Bowl rings this season with their new teams:1. Khalil Mack, Chicago: The transaction that shook the NFL world paid off handsomely in Year 1 for the Bears as Mack had 12.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown. The Bears went 11-5 and won the NFC North title. Mack’s jersey sales rank only behind Tom Brady in 2018. When the Bears host the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles …last_img read more


Brand South Africa Statement

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 24th April 2018 – Following allegations reported through the Brand South Africa whistle-blowing facility, the CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela, in consultation with the Board of Brand South Africa, has decided to take leave of absence to allow for a proper investigation into the allegations.An independent 3rd party service provider has been appointed to carry out an investigation.  The Chairperson of the Brand South Africa Board, Ms Khanyisile Kweyama commented that “The Board wishes to emphasise the principle that all parties against whom allegations have been made remain innocent, until proven otherwise through a fair process. The Board will ensure the integrity of the process, and that good Governance prevails.”Dr Kingsley Makhubela said that, “In the interest of good Governance and transparency of the process, I have decided that all parties, including the investigation would benefit best, if I was to take leave of absence, whilst the investigation takes place.”The Brand South Africa Chief Financial Officer, Ms Nadine Thomas will step in as Acting CEO with immediate effect until the investigation is completed.For more information, please contact, Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Communications, Ms Thoko Modise 082 787 6695last_img read more


10 x Large Pink Soft Velcro Hair Rollers Perfect For Sleeping In – 10 large pink soft velcro hair rollers

first_imgWasn’t what i assumed they would be ordered large as described and bought small.Not for my hair, but is specifically as described.I was utilizing this sort of rollers (i are unable to try to remember from which seller) circa 10 yrs, the very same set. So i hope i can help as an professional person. I have extremely good hair as for a northern european: healthy, potent, thick, and hard to curl. In just about every situation – with a extended bob or now with long hair – i made use of the rollers one-2 moments in 7 days, soon after washing my hear, with continue to a small moist hair (the rollers never get the job done on dry hair, use scorching rollers as an alternative). I use over 30 rollers for my head (a modest sizing head, btw) of about the dimension – 2 inches on one you have better sleep with a lot more rollers, and your hair curl much better. I place the rollers on my head, secured them with a web and even did not know i slept in them. The following morning the hair had been nicely curled, in some cases even much too substantially in a case of shorter or additional moist hair (the extensive are heavy and pull down the curls). I will not use a hair dryer (it is really not quite great for your hair), so i under no circumstances had any dilemma with ‘electrified’ hair. To consider the rollers out do not pull, but unroll each one, so your hair will be safe. I combed the rollers from hair, and washed them (hand washing) and they saved extended time as new.Here are the specifications for the 10 x Large Pink Soft Velcro Hair Rollers Perfect For Sleeping In:Each roller of 55 mm: length: 6cm, width 5.5cm ApproxI have not slept in these as i have weak hair and be concerned about further more snapping. I roller up, it can be so brief, place my make-up on and acquire a couple out at a time and dry and fashion. Roller up and sit on balcony until i am ready to model.Remain in you hair good and incredibly soft leaves my hair clean.Reviews from purchasers :I was using this kind of rollers (i cannot remember from which seller) circa 10 years, the same set!!!Just as good as the expensive ones10 large pink soft velcro hair rollersJust as superior as the high priced types. Took a while to occur but they are just as great as the pricey verson of these. Can not notify the big difference as they’re all in the very same drawer.These were larger sized than predicted but are particularly as explained.10 large pink soft velcro hair rollers. Specifically what i predicted, soft quick to snooze with in one particular word great .last_img read more


Despite govt. order, Odisha schools charging fees from disabled students

first_imgDespite the Odisha government’s order to waive all academic fees for physically challenged students, several government and government-aided higher secondary schools are collecting admission fee from them.As per an order of the Department of School and Mass Education of Odisha dated May 25, 2018, ‘all academic fees, except mess charges, will be waived in respect of students with disabilities of 40% or more’. But due to ignorance of authorities of some higher secondary schools, physically challenged students are being pressed to pay up admission fee during admission to +2 courses.Immediate declaration Retired principal of Red Cross School for the Blind in Berhampur, Nabin Chandra Satapathy, has brought this to the notice of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disbilities, Odisha. Mr. Satapathy, who is actively involved in issues related to bind students, demanded that the government make some immediate declaration so that higher secondary schools stop collecting admission fee from blind students during admissions.In his representation, Mr. Satapathy has cited example of three visually impaired students who have passed the tenth board examination from Red Cross School for the Blind, Berhampur, and have got admitted in different higher secondary schools of the State. Receipts of these students clearly state that admission fee was collected from them.This error has happened in top higher secondary institutions of the State like Ravenshaw Higher Secondary School, Cuttack, and Khallikote Higher Secondary School, Berhampur. “Dutikrushna Jena had to pay over ₹4000 to get admitted in +2 first year of arts course in Muniguda Junior College of Rayagada district. Similarly S.Nahak had to pay ₹961 for admission to higher secondary arts course of Ravenshaw Higher Secondary School, Cuttack. Prabhakar Sethi paid ₹1,062 for +2 arts admission in Khallikote Higher Secondary School, Berhampur,” said Mr. Satapathy.last_img read more


Australian teams named for the 2014 Trans Tasman Series

first_imgTouch Football Australia is pleased to announce the Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open teams that will play New Zealand in the 2014 Trans Tasman Series from Friday, 25 April until Sunday, 27 April at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex in Mudgee, New South Wales. Nine players will debut for Australia in the Series, with several players also returning to the teams after a few years away. The Australian teams will be looking to win back the prestigious Trans Tasman trophy following their loss to New Zealand in the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, with the Women’s team the only side of the three to claim their division. Last time the teams played in Mudgee at the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, Australia were 3-0 series winners. The 2014 Trans Tasman Series is the last time the Australian and New Zealand teams will meet before the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup in Coffs Harbour in April/May next year. TFA wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian teams for the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. Australian Men’s Open TeamWillie BishopStuart BriertySam BrisbyScott BuckleyDrumayne Dayberg-MuirTerry DeeganNick GoodTim GoodDylan HennesseyBen MoylanRob NakhlaPete NormanJonathan PalauMatt ProwseSteve RobertsMatt TopeAustralian Women’s Open TeamNicole BeckKristin BossElizabeth CampbellDanielle DavisSamantha HopkinJessica McCallSarah PeattieLeah PercyKirsty QuinceAshleigh QuinlanPeta RogersonCatherine SargentSarah SpacieClaire TandekMarikki WategoLouise WinchesterAustralian Mixed Open TeamScott BundySimon LangMichael LawJustin MitchellCameron NichollsSebastian ReyMichael SinghDean SpringfieldDylan ThompsonTrent ToumaKristy BrennanKylie HilderPatricia MichaelopoulosElin MortimerLaura PeattieSamantha RodgersRelated Files2014_australian_teams_announcement-pdfRelated LinksAussie teams announcedlast_img read more


Here’s An Updated 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket Ahead Of The Sweet 16

first_imgSweet Sixteen Bracket for the NCAA bracket.If the first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA Tournament weren’t the most exciting in the event’s history, they’re certainly in the running. We saw a 15-seed knock off the national title favorite. We saw numerous buzzer-beaters – including one from half-court. We saw a 12-point comeback in just 44 seconds. And we witnessed historic dominance from one conference – the ACC.Now, we’re onto the Sweet 16 – where the insanity seems to have settled. In fact, Gonzaga – winner of the West Coast Conference – is the only school from a non-power league left. That being said, the Bulldogs are dangerous.Here’s an updated look at the bracket. All four No. 1 seeds remain – though many have tough matchups this week. One week from now, we’ll know which teams will be participating in the Final Four.Sweet Sixteen BracketHere’s the schedule for games on Thursday and Friday. Elite Eight contests will be played Saturday and Sunday.Thursday:(2) Villanova vs. (3) Miami: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(2) Oklahoma vs. (3) Texas A&M: 7:37 PM ET on TBS(1) Kansas vs. (5) Maryland: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) Oregon vs. (4) Duke: 10:07 PM ET on TBSFriday:(1) Virginia vs. (4) Iowa State: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(6) Notre Dame vs. (7) Wisconsin: 7:27 PM ET on TBS(10) Syracuse vs. (11) Gonzaga: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) North Carolina vs. (5) Indiana: 9:57 PM ET on TBSIt’s been a historic year. Are there more surprises in store?last_img read more


Apples stock sours Microsofts soars Say what

first_imgWall Street investors are enamoured with a newly emergent tech company.It has nothing to do with posting selfies or finding a soul mate. The company is instead making billions of dollars selling cloud-computing and other technical services to offices around the world.Say hello to Microsoft, the 1990s home-computing powerhouse that is having a renaissance moment – eclipsing Facebook, Google, Amazon and the other tech darlings of the late decade.And now it is close to surpassing Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company.Yes, that Microsoft. As other tech giants stumble, its steady resilience is paying off.That Microsoft is even close to eclipsing Apple — and did so briefly a few times this week — would have been unheard of just a few years ago.But under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has found stability by moving away from its flagship Windows operating system and focusing on cloud-computing services with long-term business contracts.“Microsoft looks like they’ve finally turned the corner and have become a viable cloud player,” said Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager for Synovus Trust. “They’ve made a very strong transition away from the desktop.”A brief period of trading Monday was the first time in more than eight years that Microsoft was worth more than Apple. Microsoft surpassed Apple again briefly Tuesday, before Apple closed on top with a market value of $827 billion, just 0.5 per cent ahead of Microsoft’s $822 billion.Apple has been the world’s most prosperous firm since claiming the top spot from Exxon Mobil earlier this decade. Microsoft hasn’t been at the top since the height of the dot-com boom in 2000.Microsoft became a contender again in large part because Apple’s stock has fallen 25 per cent since early October, while Microsoft hasn’t done any worse than the rest of the stock market. But the fact that it hasn’t done poorly is a reflection of its steady focus on business customers in recent years.Just a few years ago, Microsoft’s prospects looked bleak. The company was dependent on licensing fees from the Windows operating system used in personal computers, but people were spending money instead on the latest smartphones. In 2013, PC sales plunged 10 per cent to about 315 million, the worst year-to-year drop ever, according to research firms Gartner and IDC. It didn’t help that Microsoft’s effort to make PCs more like phones, Windows 8, was widely panned.But a turnaround began when the Redmond, Washington, company promoted Nadella as CEO in 2014. He succeeded Microsoft’s longtime CEO, Steve Ballmer, who initially scoffed at the notion that people would be willing to pay $500 or more for Apple’s iPhones.That bet paid off. Windows is now a dwindling fraction of Microsoft’s business. While the company still runs consumer-focused businesses such as Bing search and Xbox gaming, it has prioritized business-oriented services such as its Office line of email and other workplace software, as well as newer additions such as LinkedIn and Skype. But its biggest growth has happened in the cloud, particularly the cloud platform it calls Azure. Cloud computing now accounts for more than a quarter of Microsoft’s revenue, and Microsoft rivals Amazon as a leading provider of such services.Being less reliant on consumer demand helped shield Microsoft from holiday season turbulence and U.S.-China trade war jitters affecting Apple and other tech companies.President Donald Trump amplified those tariff concerns when he told The Wall Street Journal in a story published late Monday that new tariffs could affect iPhones and laptops imported from China.The iPhone maker had already seen its stock fall after reporting a mixed bag of quarterly results earlier this month amid fears about how the technology industry will fare in the face of such threats as rising interest rates, increased government regulation and Trump’s escalating trade war with China.Apple also spooked investors with an unexpected decision to stop disclosing how many iPhones it sells each quarter. That move has been widely interpreted as a sign that Apple foresees further declines in iPhone sales and is trying to mask that.While smartphones caused the downturn in personal computers years ago, sales of smartphones themselves have now stalled. That’s partly because with fewer innovations from previous models, more people choose to hold on to the devices for longer periods before upgrading.Morgan said Microsoft is outperforming its tech rivals in part because of what it’s not. It doesn’t face as much regulatory scrutiny as advertising-hungry Google and Facebook, which have attracted controversy over their data-harvesting practices. Unlike Netflix, it’s not on a hunt for a diminishing number of international subscribers. And while Amazon also has a strong cloud business, it’s still more dependent on online retail.___AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke contributed to this report.Matt O’Brien, The Associated Presslast_img read more


Rotary Spray Park opens this Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The new Rotary Spray Park’s grand opening is this Friday behind the North Peace Arena.Featured at the event will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Kids vs Council Water Fight, and live music.The full schedule for the event is shown below: Ribbon Cutting: 1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Kids vs Council Water Fight: 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Party Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Wrap up: 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Children will be given the opportunity to take pictures with the newly designed Frozen John cut out, make balloon animals, win prizes, and compete in a dance-off.For more information on the grand opening call 250-785-4592.Showers are currently forecast for the day of the event. The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that they’re hoping the forecast will change to feature sunnier skies at the opening.Grand Opening Flyer. Photo by the City of Fort St. John.last_img read more


Akhilesh files nomination from Azamgarh

first_imgAzamgarh (UP): Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday filed his nomination papers for the Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat. The SP chief, accompanied by BSP national general secretary Satish Chandra Misra, arrived here this morning to a rousing reception by party workers who had gathered in large numbers. He later drove to the Collectorate to file his nomination papers as party supporters raised slogans outside. Coming out after filing his papers, Yadav said people will vote for the development works undertaken by his government here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The SP chief said Azamgarh is the ‘karambhoomi’ of ‘samajwadis’ and exuded confidence that the people will continue to repose their faith in him by giving him blessings and support. Akhilesh Yadav is seeking election from the seat won by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav in the 2014 elections and is pitted against Bhojpuri superstar Nirahua or Dinesh Lal Yadav of BJP. Mulayam Singh had won from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat in the 2014 elections along with the Mainpuri seat, which he had represented thrice earlier in 1996, 2004 and 2009 but had retained Azamgarh. Polling in Azamgarh is slated for the sixth phase on May 12.last_img read more